Skateboarders had a lot to celebrate in the 2021 Summer Olympics because it was the first time their sport was officially recognised as an Olympic discipline. Skater Mariah Duran, 24, will be one of the Americans competing in the women’s division.
M. Duran Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
She also shared that, in addition to physical training, mental preparation is crucial for success in the games.
Mariah, who began skating at age 10, stated that the road leading up to the 2021 Olympics was difficult, especially between 2019 and 2020, when “everything shut down.” The street skater admitted that she had many reservations about skateboarding before she began competing.
The Olympics weren’t happening, there were no competitions, and my sponsors weren’t asking for anything, so I had to question myself why I was doing this in the first place. “Moving out of all that and coming into this new year, I’m psychologically stronger and simply appreciative to even be here,” he said.
As the 2020 Olympics have prompted numerous discussions on the topic of mental health, they have also highlighted the significance of being in the proper frame of mind when it’s time to compete.
Mariah described the competition as a “mental game,” especially since she is competing against the world’s top skaters. Everyone has a right to success. This is not a piece of cake.
Having the mindset that whether I came in first or last, I was still going to skate and that the outcome wouldn’t affect my enjoyment of the sport. The focus of my efforts was mostly on that. There are highs and lows in competitions; I know because I’ve gone through them.
Mariah stated she wanted to be “present” and take in what it meant to skate at the Olympics rather than letting the competition get to her if things didn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped. It’s a sign of humility that she wants to improve as an artist.
In skateboarding, as in life, success and failure are both part of the learning process. Everyone who begins something new inevitably has a fall and must determine whether or not to pick themselves back up and continue. “I’m the type of person that looks on the bright side and stays motivated,” she declared.
After the summer Olympics were over, Mariah claimed that the opportunity to compete gave her “more inspiration” and “more of a purpose” to continue skating.
She found it encouraging that so many kids wanted to start surfing in the wake of the competition. She emphasised the need of new players joining the fray. That’s why I’m working with the company Always, too. They support such an ideology.
It’s especially challenging between the ages of 12 and 14, when kids are going through puberty, for sports organisations to retain young adults. I hope that encourages them to follow their dreams when they watch that. Skating, and athletics in general, have taught me so much about who I am. “